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Chapter 12 Responsible Entertainment Greening festivals and events

DOI: 10.23912/978-1-906884-20-8-1453

ISBN: 978-1-906884-20-8

Published: April 2011

Component type: chapter

Published in: Key Issues in the Arts and Entertainment Industry

Parent DOI: 10.23912/978-1-906884-20-8-1361



This chapter explores the contemporary issue of responsible production within the arts and entertainment industries, focusing on live music events and festivals in particular. In its broadest context the entertainment industry is vast, encompassing 18 unique sectors (Moss, 2009), each providing a plethora of tangible and intangible products that, according to Vogel (2007), is estimated at US$1 trillion annually. This makes it the largest industry in the world, generating more revenue and growing at an exponential rate as leisure time becomes increasingly important as an escape from,or antidote to, the pressures of modern life. Live events bridge the distinction between high art products which are considered as a ‘merit good’ (Pratt, 2005) and forms of popular culture and leisure that can be consumed both at home and in designated public spaces. Hughes (2000) states that live performance of both art and entertainment is a distinct area for management, as such events require active participation on the part of an audience. As pop/rock consumers can now choose from ‘an almost limitless number of events’ (Mintel Group, 2008) at any given time, the viability of continued growth in the industry becomes of real concern, and the impact of such intense consumption levels can no longer be ignored.

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  • Chantal Laws (Author)

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Laws, C. (2011) "Chapter 12 Responsible Entertainment Greening festivals and events" In: Walmsley, B. (ed) . Oxford: Goodfellow Publishers http://dx.doi.org/10.23912/978-1-906884-20-8-1453


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